Seaworthy Serving Tray

There is always a bit of a challenge in a custom order. We enjoy challenges.

This particular customer wanted a special gift to give to their client. They chose one of our wooden Serving Trays to be custom carved featuring their client’s sailboat’s name and a sailboat image.

We wanted to personalize this with an image of their client’s actual sailboat. This gift was to be a surprise for their client, so our customer could not ask for a photograph. Instead, they emailed an image from the manufacturer’s brochure. We worked from this image –


Our next step was to create vectors from our customer’s image –


As with all our custom work, we provided a few digital renditions to our customer for their review and approval. They chose this design –


Here is the finished Serving Tray –


Jim & Rebecca

Trip to the Lumberyard






I love having a family business. It is such a joy to be family as we go about our business.


Custom Book Shelves on a Budget

This particular project called for the creation of custom wall-mounted bookshelves on a reduced budget. Since the shelves were to be painted, I decided to use MDF (Medium Density Fiberboard) for the shelves and corbels and to use Maple for the front edge to provide additional strength.

Once the overall shelving design was complete, I designed the corbels and cut them out on the CNC router.



I routed a nice profile on the cleats and attached the cleats and corbels to the wall.


It was a blessing to work with my son, Jameson.



The Maple front edge was painted to match. The Maple provides additional strength for this bibliophile’s book shelves.



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Oval Wooden Serving Tray Update

Our Oval Wooden Serving Tray prototype is nearing completion. The stain and a couple of coats of the hand-rubbed finish have been applied. The blacksmith is busy working on the wrought iron handles.


We are also working on a different method of construction for another Oval Serving Tray.
You may want to check back and follow the progress of that prototype as well.

Jim & Rebecca

Oval Wooden Serving Tray

A Prototype in Progress

We have long planned on creating an Oval Serving Tray. This is still a work in progress.

To make our prototype, we used a solid block of Cherry measuring 23″ x 16″ x 1 3/4″ (three pieces were joined together).

The two images below represent the Serving Tray after the initial carving.



An edge profile was then routed on the inside and outside surfaces of the Tray’s wall.


The inside dimensions are 14″ x 21″ yielding 230.79 square inches of hospitality.


There’s No Place Like Home

In the words of John Howard Payne ~

There’s No Place Like Home


You will soon see the entire piece on the Wall Art section of our products page.

Jim & Rebecca

Sneak Preview

Sola Gratia (By Grace Alone)
Sola Fide (By Faith Alone)
Solus Christus (By Christ Alone)
Sola Scriptura (By Scripture Alone)
Soli Deo Gloria (Glory To God Alone)


You will soon find our new Five Solas Wall Art on the Wall Art section of our products page.

Jim & Rebecca

What Exactly is Book-Matched?

Occasionally, I am asked about book-matching. What exactly is book-matching?

To enhance the beauty of wood’s grain, I choose to resaw one solid piece of wood and book-match the two resulting halves. I use this particular technique on our wooden Serving Trays and on some our inspirational Wall Art.

Here are the steps taken:

In this particular application, I start with 6/4 Cherry –


After sizing the lumber and squaring it up on my jointer, I set the fence on my band saw to resaw the Cherry vertically, right down the center –



After the cut –

I liken it to opening the pages of a good book – revealing the mysteries within –






I then machine a glue joint on the two halves and join the two. The image below is of the joined pieces with a clear hand-rubbed oil finish –


The image below is of the joined pieces with our warm stain and hand-rubbed oil finish as used on our wood Serving Trays –



Almost Complete ~ Five Solas Wall Art

The Five Solas is almost ready for assembly. The carving is complete and the hand-painting is almost finished. The frames are assembled and will soon be mounted.
We plan to have our new Five Solas Wall Art ready to ship late next week. This new piece will be featured on the Wall Art section of our products page.

Jim & Rebecca

Our New Serving Tray

We are excited about the release of our new Serving Tray. It should be up on our website within the next few days.


We wanted to make an uncarved Serving Tray available to our customers ~ for those with a preference for simplicity and a reduced cost.


This Tray will be available for $185.00. Contact us if you are interested before it becomes available on our website.